Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake

Lemon flavoured anything is always a hit with me. Judging by the number of page views and pins, it is the same with my readers too. Having made a delicious, gluten free lemon cake for friends, a lemon hit was needed here at home too. Since I very rarely make the same cake twice, adding shredded, sweetened coconut seemed like a good idea. Good it wasn’t, fantastic it was. Welcome to my Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake

Light, golden, lightly flavoured sponges sandwiched together with tart lemon curd and creamy, lemon buttercream. Topped with more buttercream and sprinkled with coconut, this cake is a flavour feast in every bite. While the coconut is ordered from Amazon UK, it is never a faff. The moist, sweet bite of every single strand is worth the small extra effort. Make this with desiccated coconut at your own risk.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake served with Afternoon Tea.

While the photograph above shows a slender slice of cake, know that this is near impossible to achieve. And so it should be! Photographic aesthetics aside, please do cut a decent portion when serving. Otherwise you and your guests will be left longing for another slice, or two. Such is the more-ish-ness of this sweet treat. Enjoy the satisfaction of not only seeing a decent slice of cake on your plate, but also from eating it.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake sandwiched with tart lemon curd and creamy buttercream.

Cake is not something that most people eat everyday. Although I cannot think of a single reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the consumption of biscuits and chocolate, we as a population eat our way through. Rather, cake and the eating of it, is a celebration. Perhaps of the moment, days gone by, or memories brought to mind. Eating cake, in itself is a feast. And a feast should never be eaten half heartedly.

Recipe: Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake serves 8-10

For the cake sponge:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Sea Salt (halve for free flowing) – I use Maldon

4 Large Free Range Eggs

Zest of 2 Lemons

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

150g/5oz Sweetened Shredded Coconut – I use Baker’s Angel Flake available from Amazon UK

For filling, frosting and decorating:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

1/2tsp Lemon Extract (optional) I use Nielsen-Massey

1tbsp Very Hot Water from a recently boiled kettle

3tbsp Good Quality Tart Lemon Curd – I recommend Hawkshead Relish

50g/2oz Sweetened Shredded Coconut

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Butter and line with baking parchment, two 20cm/8″ round sandwich tins.

  • Place the butter, caster sugar and salt into a large bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • Next add all 4 eggs and the zest of two lemons.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the same bowl. Now add the sweetened, shredded coconut.
  • Whisk briefly until everything is fully combined.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the 2 sandwich tins. Smooth the surface of the batter with a spoon.
  • Place the tins into the centre and lower parts of the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.
  • The cakes are baked once they have turned golden brown and spring back from a light touch.
  • Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
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Filling the tins and cooling the baked cakes.
  • After cooling in the tin for 10 minutes, turn the cakes out on to a cooling rack.
  • Carefully remove the baking parchment from the base of each cake.
  • Set the cakes aside to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream.
  • Add the butter, hot water, icing sugar and lemon extract to a large bowl.
  • Starting on a slow speed whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed until the mixture is very light and creamy.
  • For ease of decorating, fill a piping bag, without a nozzle fitted, with the lemon buttercream.
  • To fill and decorate the cake ensure it is fully cooled before starting.
  • Place the bottom sponge flat side up, on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon over the lemon curd and spread to cover the cake just inside the edge.
  • Tun the top sponge so that it is flat side up. Pipe half of the buttercream in a swirl on to the cake. Spread so that the buttercream covers the cake, similar to the lemon curd.
  • Turn the top Sponge over and gently place on top of the lemon curd covered bottom Sponge.
  • Pipe the remaining buttercream on to the top of the cake and spread evenly, so that the top of the cake is covered.
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Filling, assembling and covering the cake.
  • Sprinkle over the sweetened, shredded coconut, so that it evenly covers the top of the cake.
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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake ready to serve.

Serve generously sliced, to friends, family and neighbours. Include a fork as this cake is delectably soft, more so on the day of making.

If you know someone who loves the combination of lemon and coconut, why not bake them a cake as a surprise.

Keep the cake in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Lemon Coconut Sponge Layer Cake served with Tea.

 

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

If you would like to indulge your love of lemon further, why not visit me on Pinterest at www.feastingisfun.com? All of my recipes are easy to find on one board, plus I have another board dedicating to Lemon Love. Sweet or savoury, lemon is an ingredient I am never without in my kitchen. From coleslaw to cake’s and ice cream, as well as a myriad of other recipes, lemon has bags full of versatility.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies

If you are a fan of nuts and brownies I can guarantee you will be mad for these Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies. Packed with an almost obscene amount of chocolate, gives the dense fudge texture and taste required in all great brownies. Add in a ridiculous amount of chopped and whole hazelnuts and the resulting flavour is Ferrero Rocher in a brownie. Gooey, crunchy, with the incredible combination of chocolate and hazelnut flavours.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies.

Since eating a brownie is an indulgence, it makes sense to eat only the best. Made using 400 grams of good quality chocolate, dark, treacly sugar and aromatic vanilla extract, the basic brownie is already exceptional. In addition, adding roasted, chopped hazelnuts to the brownie batter, lends another layer of flavour. Finally, whole hazelnuts, roasted during the baking process, completes the exceptional flavour profile.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies fudgy with a crunch.

Brownies are such fun to make. Wearing an apron, or if you are like me with chocolate in the kitchen, overalls, is advisable. Also a sink full of soapy water is handy. Furthermore, mentally preparing for a ‘bit’ of kitchen mess relaxes the mind for the chocolate bomb to come! Since it is impossible for me to make brownies without creating a mess, I assume the same of everyone. Finally, know that the clean up process takes less time than baking the brownies. ūüėČ

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A plate of Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies.

There is nothing wrong with staring at the picture above. I do!

Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies makes 15

200g/7oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa Solids

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate minimum 35% Cocoa Solids

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 Large Free Range Eggs

1/4tsp Sea Salt – 1/8tsp Free flowing salt – I use Maldon

225g/8oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz Ready Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts

100g/4oz Whole Blanched Hazelnuts

Method: Preheat the oven 170C/150 fan, gas mark 3.5

You will need a 22.5cm x 30cm (9″ x 12″) deep tin, lined with foil or baking parchment.

  • Break or chop the chocolate into chunks and place in a medium, heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Add the butter to the chocolate.
  • Heat, using a microwave, on medium power, for 30 second bursts. Stir between each heating period.
  • As soon as the chocolate starts to melt remove the bowl from the microwave. Continue to stir until all of the chocolate is melted and combined with the melted butter. Set to one side to cool.
  • Next, into a separate bowl, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Once the chocolate mixture is approximately body temperature pour the egg mixture in and stir constantly until the mixture is combined.
  • Sieve the flour and bicarbonate of soda on to the combined mix. Now add the chopped, roasted hazelnuts.
  • Stir the flour and nuts into the chocolate mix.
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Nutty brownie batter ready for the baking tin.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin.
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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies ready for the oven.
  • Unlike baking a cake, where air bubbles are needed to help the cake rise, brownies are rich and dense with very little rise. To encourage an even bake, rap the filled baking tin sharply on the worktop. Doing so encourages any air bubbles present to rise to the surface of the batter.
  • Place the baking tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 minutes exactly.
  • Remove the baking tin after the initial baking time has elapsed. The surface of the brownies will have just started to set.
  • Sprinkle over the additional whole hazelnuts, use the back of a spoon to gently press into the surface of the brownie. Take care as the brownie tin will be very hot.
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Whole hazelnuts give crunch to the finished bake.
  • Return the tin to the oven and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • The brownies are baked when set, with only a hint of a wobble in the centre.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies cool in the tin.
  • Leave the brownies to cool in the tin. Or if you simply cannot wait, cool slightly, scoop portions of brownie into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream!

Cut the cooled brownie slab into 3 even sized widths, then cut across at 5 evenly spaced lengths. A palette knife may also be used to slide between the base of the brownie and foil. Although the foil/baking parchment should easily peel away.

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Chocolate Fudge Double Hazelnut Brownies very tasty.

Serve slightly warmed (20 seconds in the microwave) with a scoop of ice cream. Alternatively, serve with a cold tumbler of milk.

Once cooled keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Although, who’s kidding that they will last that long? Not in this house!

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Double Peanut Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Madness Muffins

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Chocolate Madness Muffins.

Baking cakes, brownies, muffins and cookies at home really is fun. Once a particular recipe is mastered it can be adapted to personal taste. Since you are the baker, you get to decide if hazelnuts or alternatively peanuts are used in your bake. As a result you get to create your own, personalised feast.

Have fun creating new feasts in your kitchen.

Sammie xx

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad

As we continue to enjoy our British Summer, I would like to celebrate the abundance of seasonal vegetables available at this time of the year. Along with birds chirping early in the mornings and long, sunny, warm summer days, the variety of vegetables, bought or home grown, really allows us home cooks to get creative in the kitchen.  Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad is a delicious celebration of easy summer cooking, using a variety of seasonal vegetables.

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad.

Packed full of roasted veggies in a lemon vinaigrette, this dish can be either served on its own, or as a colourful side dish. Since it can be served warm, it is a perfect barbecue or buffet dish. Indeed, when made in the morning, then left to sit for a few hours, the flavours develop, enhancing the overall deliciousness. Easy to prepare and make ahead!

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad full of goodness.

As much as a crunchy pasta salad has appeal, there is something very comforting in the softened, roasted vegetables here. Slightly sweet, with a mere hint of caramelisation, their flavour is enhanced by the fresh lemon juice in the vinaigrette. Orzo provides the perfect bite, complimenting the vegetables. Resulting in a dish that lets the vegetable flavours shine, without being overly bulked out with pasta.

Recipe: Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad serves 6

1 Aubergine

2 Courgettes

2 Bell Peppers – deseeded

1 Red Onion – skin removed

1 Large Fennel Bulb – or 2 small

400g Dried Orzo

20ml Olive Oil

1 Large Lemon – 20ml of juice

40ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I use Filippo Berio

1/2tsp Sea Salt plus 1tbsp for cooking the pasta –¬† I use Maldon

1/2tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Handful of Fresh Parsley – flat or curly

Note: individual vegetables may be substituted according to preference.

Method: Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6

  • Firstly, wash and thoroughly dry the vegetables. Follow by chopping into equal 1″/2.5cm pieces.
  • Transfer to a large baking tray.
  • Drizzle over a generous tablespoon of olive oil and one quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • With clean hands toss the vegetables in the seasoned oil, taking care to cover each piece.
  • Spread the vegetables out on the tray. During the cooking process they will reduce slightly in size.
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Prepared vegetables ready for roasting.
  • Place the baking tray into the centre of a preheated oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, turning the vegetables halfway through the roasting time.
  • While the vegetables are roasting cook the orzo and make the lemon vinaigrette.
  • Place a large pan of cold water on the hob and bring to a boil. When boiling add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and then add the orzo.
  • Squeeze the fresh lemon juice into a small, clean jar that has a fitted lid. Add the extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the lid securely on to the jar and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Cook the orzo according to packet instructions, removing from the heat and draining 2 minutes before the finished cooking time.
  • Place the drained orzo into a bowl and pour over the lemon vinaigrette. Fork through the orzo to ensure the vinaigrette covers each small piece, stopping the pasta from forming clumps.
  • When cooked the vegetables will be softened, allowing a fork to easily pierce. Some pieces may be slightly charred at the edges.
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Roasted summer vegetables.
  • Spoon or tip the roasted vegetables on top of the orzo.
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Making Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad.
  • Gently, use two forks to mix the roasted vegetables into the Orzo.
  • Finally, roughly chop a handful of fresh parsley, discarding the stalks and scatter over the salad.
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Roasted Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad.

If making the same day as eating, cover with cling film and leave on the work top. Yet, when making the day before, leave out the parsley, cool, cover and store in the fridge. Remove and allow to sit at room temperature for one hour, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and then serve.

Since this salad is so versatile, it can be served alongside grilled chicken, salmon, or burgers and ribs at a barbecue. Likewise, it can also be served on its own.

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Lemon Garlic Vegetable Orzo.

While shopping in large supermarkets it can be easy to become disconnected with seasonal vegetables. Transportation means that most ‘summer’ vegetables can be easily obtained throughout the year. Since large, super greenhouses have cropped up across the country, most notably in Thanet, Kent, the effect on home grown produce has been to lengthen its season. Also ensuring the public buys British rather than imported produce. I fully support this endeavour.

Yet, even with this consideration, there is little to rival blackberry picking in August and September. Connecting us to nature and the natural season of harvest.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing our feast.

Sammie xx

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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes

I love baking and nothing is as rewarding as homemade bread. The yeasty aroma of dough proving, followed by the smell of fresh bread baking, never grows old. These Seeded Multigrain Baguettes are crunchy and full of nutty flavour. Perfect for dunking into soup, or filling with mature cheddar for a satisfying lunch.

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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes

Since some people are scared about baking bread, here are a few tips to ensure great results. Use great quality, fresh, bread flour. Throw away any opened flour that has been sitting in the cupboard for over 6 months. Likewise, the same for yeast. Fresh yeast only lasts a few days in the fridge. Whereas dried yeast lasts longer, yet, still should be replaced after 6 months. Finally, by baking bread regularly, ingredients are used up and naturally replaced before losing their freshness.

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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes delicious with soup.

With bread, in its many forms; loaf, baguette, rolls etc. being so readily available in every supermarket, questions may be asked about baking baguettes at home. My personal reason is the same for everything that is cooked and baked in our kitchen. Every single ingredient is known. No additives, flavour enhancers, mould inhibitors or such are added. Each baguette, or loaf is made when required, negating the need to ensure that it stays fresh for an entire week.

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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes no artificial additives.

Satisfaction gained from making, shaping and baking bread dough is reward enough. Although superior flavour and freshness cannot be beaten. Eaten within 30 minutes of cooling, from the oven, sets homemade baguettes apart from their mass produced counterparts. Also no ‘invisible’ nasties enter the digestive system ¬†from supposedly ‘healthy’ food.

Recipe: Seeded Multigrain Baguettes makes 4

340ml Water at room temperature

7g/Sachet Dried Yeast – I use Allinson

250g/9oz Strong White Bread Flour

250g/9oz Strong Multigrain/Malted with Seeds Bread Flour РI use Shipton Mill 

7g Sea Salt – I use Maldon

25g/1oz Unsalted Butter

4tbsp Mixed Seeds

Method:

This method uses a stand mixer to mix and knead the dough. You may easily mix and knead by hand, following the shaping technique given.

  • Place the stand mixer bowl on top of digital scales. Weighing ingredients, including water is, by far, the most accurate way to bake.
  • Weigh 340g water into the bowl. One gram equals one millilitre of water.
  • Next add the yeast.
  • Add the bread flours on top of the yeasted water. Keeping the yeast and salt separate allows the yeast to work without the salt killing it.
  • Weigh the salt and butter directly on to the flour.
  • With a dough hook attached mix on a low speed for 5 minutes.
  • Increase the speed to medium and continue to mix for a further 5 minutes.
  • As soon as the mixing time has finished switch off the stand mixer. Remove a small piece of dough and stretch it. When fully kneaded the dough should stretch without tearing, so that light can been seen through it – windowpane test. Continue to mix on medium speed for a further 2 minutes, until this test is passed.
  • As soon as the dough is fully kneaded, switch off the mixer and scrape any dough from the dough hook into the bowl, using your fingers.
  • Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, turn out on to a lightly floured worktop. Make sure the top of the dough in the bowl is in contact with the worktop, becoming the underneath.
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Dividing the dough into four equal portions.
  • Pull out the dough 5-6 times, from the side and press into the centre of the dough ball.
  • Turn the dough over, shape into a rough log and cut into 4 even portions.
  • Take the first piece of dough, turn on its side and pull 4-5 times from around the edge. Sticking each piece of dough back into the centre as before.
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Shaping each piece of dough into a baguette.
  • Start to roll the dough into a log shape. Beginning at the front edge, use your thumb to roll the dough, as in top left picture above.
  • With the seam underneath place your hands in the centre of the log and start to roll the dough, gently easing it from the centre.
  • Continue rolling the dough until it is 10″/25cm. Finally roll either end to a point.
  • Place on to a baking tray or a perforated baguette baking tray.
  • Shape the remaining pieces of dough in the same way.
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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes proving.
  • Cover with a damp tea towel. Leave to prove until doubled in size.
  • While the baguettes are proving preheat the oven to its hottest setting. Place a pan of water in the base of the oven.
  • Once doubled in size spray, or lightly brush each baguettes with water. Sprinkle over the mixed seeds.
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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes ready to be baked.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 230C/210C fan, gas mark 8.
  • Place the baguettes on their trays into the oven. The baguette baking trays fit in at an angle.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. The baguettes will be golden and sound hollow when rapped with a knuckle when fully baked.
  • As soon as they are baked remove from the oven and carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes Hot from the oven.
  • Leave to cool until just warm.
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Seeded Multigrain Baguettes made at home.

Serve filled with your favourite sandwich fillings, or break apart and dunk in soup. Enjoy these baguettes on the day they are made, or alternatively, freeze wrapped in aluminium foil, for up to one month.

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Easy Crusty Baguettes

Making bread at home is so much fun. Including children in the process is almost foolproof. Dough is a great medium to play with. Especially with children, who, in my experience, are much more likely to eat what they have made. Pizzas are another big hit. It is amazing how a piece of green bell pepper can become a light sabre. This Better Than Takeout Pizza is a great recipe to try.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun enjoying your feast.

Sammie xx

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake

Someone once said “A celebration without cake is just a meeting.” How right they were. Whether it is birthdays, weddings, christenings, or any other form of celebration, cakes almost always feature. Recently¬†Hawkshead Relish won Small Business Of The Year 2017. Having reviewed and used their delicious jams, chutneys and more recently spreads, I was absolutely thrilled for them. To celebrate their award I offered to make a cake featuring their best selling Raspberry and Vanilla Jam. Here is the Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake made in celebration of such an amazing achievement.

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake.

Three layers of light, vanilla sponge, sandwiched together with vanilla bean buttercream and raspberry vanilla jam. Covered lightly, yet incompletely with the same buttercream. Most of all, giving a very ‘on trend’ naked finish to the cake. Finished with edible garden flowers that reflect the geographic location of Hawkshead Relish, situated in the historic village of Hawkshead within the English Lake District.

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake in the sunshine.

Using locally sourced ingredients Hawkshead Relish do not use any artificial additives or preservatives. Completely free from nuts, their range is also suitable for vegetarians. Holding 50 Great Taste awards, each product is made in small batches using traditional methods. Resulting in outstanding taste and quality, from a family run business.

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake layered with buttercream and the very best jam.

Using the Hawkshead Relish motto “Embellish with Relish,” it has been my pleasure creating recipes that include their products. While creating Red Onion Sausage Plait, the Red Onion Marmalade is a vital ingredient to the finished bake. So unique are the ¬†flavour of chutneys and sauces, they deserve more than to be spooned on to the side of a plate. Since including relish within recipes, a whole world of flavour combinations became unlocked.

Recipe: Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake serves 14-16

  • To make the 3 cake sponges:
  • 275g/10oz Unsalted Butter + 100g/4oz both at room temperature
  • 275g/10oz Caster Sugar + 100g/4oz
  • 3tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
  • 1/4tsp + 1/8tsp Sea Salt ¬†– I use Maldon
  • 6 Large Free Range Eggs + an additional 3
  • 275g/10oz Plain White Flour + 100g/4oz
  • 2.5tsp Baking Powder + 1tsp
  • To make the buttercream:
  • 500g/12oz Icing Sugar
  • 250g/9oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
  • 2tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2¬† Jars Raspberry and Vanilla Jam from – Hawkshead Relish
  • 2-3tbsp Very Hot Water from a recently boiled kettle
  • To decorate the cake:
  • A selection of organic, pesticide free edible flowers. Both mint and lavender flowers were sourced from our garden.

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Making the cake:

You will need 3 x 18cm/7″ approx 7cm/2.5″ deep, loose bottom sponge tins. As most people own only 2, this method is written with that taken into account. Therefore, two separate bakes are included. First of all making the batter and baking two sponges. Followed by making the batter and baking one sponge. Finally, should you own and have oven space for three sponges to be made and baked together, simply follow the steps, using the total ingredients.

  • First of all, lightly butter the baking tins. Cover the base in baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the first amount of sugar, butter and salt.
  • Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 6 whole eggs.
  • Whisk everything together until combined.
  • Follow by sieving in the flour and baking powder.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until combined. Take care not to over beat, or the resulting cake will be tough.
  • Divide the cake batter equally between 2 greased and lined tins. If using the entire mix divide between 3 tins.
  • Place the tins in the top and centre of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
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Preparing and baking the cake sponges.
  • When they have turned golden brown and spring back from a light touch the cakes are fully baked.
  • Remove from the oven, allowing each cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out on to a cooling rack.
  • Wash up one cake tin and follow the steps given to make a single sponge cake. Make and bake as before. Each of the 3 sponges must be fully cooled before icing.

Icing to create a naked cake finish:

During the cake icing process, chilling of the iced cake in a fridge is required. Therefore a cake board, or flat plate is needed for transferring the cake. Also a cake decorating turntable is helpful for ensuring a smooth even finish to the buttercream. Alternatively use a cake stand large enough to accommodate the cake board/plate. A palette knife and large piping bag are also required.

  • Into a large bowl add the softened butter and vanilla bean paste.
  • Sieve the icing sugar into the same bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of very hot water from the kettle and start whisking the ingredients on a low speed.
  • Continue whisking until the buttercream has turned very pale and has a light, creamy consistency.
  • Place the cake board on to the cake stand.
  • Next, put a small dollop of buttercream on to the centre of the board. Spread the icing so that it is slightly smaller than the diameter of a cake sponge.
  • Lay the first sponge, flat side uppermost on to the board. The buttercream anchors the cake to the board, providing a stable base.
  • Spread 4 generous tablespoons of jam on to the cake. Leave a 2cm gap between the jam and the edge of the cake.
  • Next, take a separate sponge and add a generous dollop/4tbsp of buttercream to the top.
  • Using a palette knife, spread the buttercream evenly so that it covers the sponge.
  • Carefully lift and flip the sponge, placing it on top of the jam sponge, buttercream side facing down. See the photos below for guidance.
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Layering each sponge with jam and buttercream.
  • Repeat the last steps, with the remaining sponge. However, this time the sponge should be placed flat side down. Hence leaving the finished, stacked cake with a natural top.
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3 sponge cake layers stacked. Also covering the top in buttercream.
  • Spoon a generous amount/5tbsp of buttercream on to the top of the cake.
  • Again, using a palette knife, spread the buttercream so that it covers the top of the cake evenly.
  • Fill a large, disposable piping bag with the remaining buttercream. Snip the end of the bag to give a 1cm opening. A nozzle is not required.
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Covering the cake sides with buttercream.
  • The purpose of piping buttercream is to fill in any gaps. Similar to plastering, buttercream is added and then smoothed on to the cake sides. During this process buttercream will be added and then taken off. Resulting in a ‘naked cake’ finish.
  • Pipe the buttercream in between each layer of the cake, including the base and the cake board. Take care not to get jam mixed with the buttercream.
  • Holding a palette knife at a slight angle to the side of the cake, slowly turn the cake stand. As the buttercream spreads across the cake it will also accumulate on the palette knife. Scrape the palette knife against the side of the butter bowl to remove any excess.
  • Continue turning the cake, piping buttercream on to any bare spots, until the sides of the cake are roughly covered. See bottom left photo above.
  • The next stage is creating a smooth, even finish across the entire cake.
  • Fill a jug with very hot water. Wipe any buttercream from the palette knife and then place it in the hot water.¬†Since the heat of the knife melts buttercream, it is very helpful in creating the smoothest finish.
  • Remove the palette knife, wipe off any water and then hold it flat against the side of the cake. Rotate the cake slowly. When you start to feel a dragging sensation, turn the knife over and repeat. Creating a completely smooth cake requires a lot of repetition of these steps. Repeat until the sides of the cake are smooth.
  • Now use the same technique for smoothing the cake top. As soon as the cake top is smooth, run a hot palette knife around the outside of the top cake layer. Creating a smooth top and sides is the aim.
  • While it is tempting to keep going, there does come a point at which the cake is satisfactorily smoothed. Part of the beauty of naked cakes, is their imperfect finish.
  • Clean off any buttercream on the cake board.
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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake before and after smoothing with a hot palette knife.
  • Chill the cake, uncovered, in the fridge for an hour. Chilling sets the buttercream prior to decorating.
  • Decorating a naked cake:
  • If using fresh flowers it is important to decorate the cake on the day it is to be served.
  • While the cake is chilling prepare the flowers for decoration. Remove lower leaves on stalks and trim flowers so that they can sit on top, or to the side of the cake.
  • Decorate using your chosen flowers. It is important to consider the cake from every angle whilst decorating.
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Roses and herbs reflect the rural and natural products made by Hawkshead Relish.

Finally the Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake is ready to be served.

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake.

Store any leftover cake, floral decorations removed, in an airtight container, ideally refrigerated.

If you have enjoyed this Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake recipe, you may also like these:

Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut

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Lemon Drizzle Whipped Cream Filled Giant Doughnut.

Toffee Cookie Base Chocolate Cheesecake

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Toffee Cookie Base Chocolate Cheesecake

Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake

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Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.

Celebrating a special event, such as Hawhead Relish’s achievement, with cake, marks the occasion. Other desserts such as cheesecakes and pavlova’s can also make an impressive alternative. Especially as different dietary requirements may need catering for. All Pavlova recipes on Feasting is Fun are specifically gluten free, for that very reason. Including as many people in a celebration is always important.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun creating your feast.

Sammie xx

Hawkhead Relish kindly supplied the used in this recipe. All opinions, views, content including photography are my own. No part of this post may be reproduced without the express written permission of its owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

How do you improve on one of the best flavours of ice cream known to man? That’s right. You squish it between two incredible, homemade cookies! I bring you Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. Oh yes people, this is the foodie equivalent of winning all the coins and one-ups in a Super Mario game and then some. Stick with me as I take you through an incredible ice cream journey.

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich a real dessert treat.

First of all there is ice cream, packed with Reeces Mini Peanut Butter Cups. While some are mini cups are left whole, others are roughly chopped. Resulting in a peanut butter cup filled ice cream base. Dark chocolate ganache ripples through the vanilla base, with a hit of pure peanut butter in every spoonful. It’s okay. I undersrand if you want to think on that for a while?

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Complimenting such a flavour punched ice cream are Mega Toffee Cookies. A large, robust Cookie is the only way to go when sandwiching chunks of peanut butter cup ice cream. Since these cookies are double their usual size, they are perfect for creating an ice cream sandwich.

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Completely sending this ice cream cookie sandwich over the top, is the customisation of the mega cookies. Dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with peanut butter chips, rather than contrasting, they compliment the flavours within the ice cream.

Recipe: Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream makes 1L approx.

300mls Double Cream plus an additional 100mls for the chocolate ganache

300mls Whole Milk

6tbsp Caster Sugar

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

1tsp Vanilla Extract РI use Nielsen-Massey

1tsp Cornflour

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa plus an additional 100g of Dark Chocolate for dipping the cookies

50g/2oz Peanut Butter

1 x 226g/8oz Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Minis – alternatively use the equivalent weight of regular Reeces Peanut Butter Cups roughly chopped

2 x Packets of Toffee Cookie Mix by Wright’s Baking, alternatively use this recipe here.

Method:

Ensure the freezing part/bowl of the ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 6 hours, ideally overnight, or according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Note: For step-by-step instructions, including photographs please see here.

  • First of all, Place the milk and cream into a heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Heat the cream mixture to scalding point, little bubbles appear around the rim of the saucepan before the mix reaches boiling point. As soon as scalding point is reached, remove the pan from the heat.
  • While the cream mix is heating, place the eggs, sugar, cornflour and vanilla extract into a large heatproof bowl. Whisk together until the eggs have thickened.
  • With the whisk switched to slow, gently pour the hot cream mix into the bowl with the egg mix, whisking constantly. This creates the custard base for the ice cream.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan, place over a medium heat and stir constantly. Cook until the custard has thicker and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour the custard through a sieve, into a large heatproof bowl.
  • Place cling film directly on top of the custard to stop a skin from forming.
  • Leave the custard to cool a little before placing in the fridge to chill.
  • While the ice cream base is chilling, prepare the mini Reeces butter cups. Tip out on to a chopping board, roughly divide into two thirds which will be roughly chopped and one third, which are kept whole.
  • Also make the chocolate ganache, which will be swirled through the ice cream. Place 100g of chocolate and 100mls of double cream into a heatproof/microwaveable jug. Heat on medium for 30 second bursts, stirring after each heating session. As soon as the chocolate starts melting into the cream continue stirring until the ganache is smooth and shiny. Set to one side to cool.
  • Set the ice cream maker up as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Add the peanut butter to the ice cream base. Use a balloon whisk to break it up into small pieces within the ice cream base.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture into the already churning ice cream maker.
  • As soon as the ice cream is thickened and frozen stop the machine. Remove the paddle so the ice cream can be scooped out.
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The process of making Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.
  • Scatter a few chopped Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Minis in the bottom of the freezing container.
  • Scoop half of the ice cream on top of the peanut butter cups.
  • Add one half of the remaining chopped and whole peanut butter cups. Now add the remaining ice cream.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl the peanut butter cups through the ice cream using a figure of eight motion.
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Adding the chocolate ganache swirl to the Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream.
  • Pour the cooled, yet still liquid, chocolate ganache on top of the ice cream. Again, using the handle of a wooden spoon swirl the ganache through the ice cream.
  • Snap on an airtight lid, or double wrap in cling film and place the ice cream into the freezer to firm up.
  • Leaving the ice cream to freeze overnight ensures the chocolate ganache fully freezes within the ice cream.
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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream ready to serve.

To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-20 minutes prior to scooping. Allowing the ice cream to soften slightly. Scoop two balls of ice cream and place on one large cookie, top with another cookie and press gently to form the ice cream cookie sandwich. Alternatively, scoop and serve in a bowl with additional Mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cups.

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich using Wright’s Toffee Cookie Mix.

 

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Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream served in a bowl.
  • Making the Cookies:
  • Wright’s Toffee Cookie Mix is a great flavour combination to pair with this ice cream. Alternatively if you are unable to buy this mix my Caramac Caramel Cookies recipe also works well.
  • Make the cookies as per instructions, however, for the Wright’s Toffee Cookies make them twice as big. You should get 10 mega cookies from 2 packets of mix.
  • Bake as directed, again the toffee cookies will take 18-20 minutes to bake as they are larger than usual.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking tray.
  • Melt 100g of chocolate in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl, on medium setting, for 30 seconds at a time. Stir the chocolate after each heating session.
  • As soon as the chocolate is melted, dip each cookie into the chocolate, using a spoon to cover halfway across the¬†top oven each cookie.
  • Place the chocolate covered cookies on to baking parchment and sprinkle Reece’s peanut butter chips over the chocolate covered half. Leave to set. In hot weather place in the fridge for a few minutes until set.
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Baking and decorating the toffee cookies for the ice cream sandwich.

 

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Creating the perfect Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with Wright’s Baking.

Such an incredible ice cream deserves a cookie that enhances all of its qualities.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich you may also like these:

 

Caramac Caramel Cookieswith Very Vanilla Ice Cream

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Caramac Caramel Cookies with Very Vanilla Ice Cream.

Rolo Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream.

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies with Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream

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Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies with Smarties Chocolate Mini Egg Ice Cream.

Since all of the recipes shown can only be made at home, this emphasises the core beliefs of Feasting is Fun. Creating flavour combinations, at home, should be fun. Each one of these examples is a feast in itself. Also, most importantly, invite your friends over to share these incredible ice cream cookie sandwiches. Finally proving that all food tastes better when shared.

Sammie xx

Wright’s Baking¬†provided the Toffee Cooki Mixes used in this post. All recipe ideas are my own. No payment was received for the creation of this post. All views and opinions are my own. No part of this post may be reproduced without my specific written permission. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins

As you may have noticed from recent posts, I am having a full blown love affair with strawberries this Summer. ¬†Whether it’s eating them warmed by the sun, just as they are, or, creating new recipes such as Strawberry Rose Ice Cream, I cannot seem to get enough of them. While looking for inspiring ingredients on Amazon U.K., I found some baked strawberries for sale. Imagining a more intense strawberry flavour with a chewy texture. Sourcing locally, finally resulted in the creation of Double Strawberry Almond Muffins.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins perfect for breakfast.

Since the name ‘baked’ strawberries seems, a little misleading, they will be referred to as dried strawberries. Not freeze dried strawberries, which are an entirely different product altogether. ¬†Similar to dried apricots in texture, dried strawberries are chewy, rather like gummy bears, with a more intense, strawberry flavour. While also free from other added ingredients. Resulting in a perfect snack size strawberry, untainted by additives.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins delicious with a cup of tea.

While the muffins bake the fresh strawberries become absorbed into the batter.  Yet dried strawberries absorb moisture from the cake batter. During the baking process they lose their chewy texture. Resulting in gooey, jam like pools of delicious strawberry within each muffin.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins dark pieces of dried strawberry within the muffin.

A light open texture of each muffin is visible in the photo above. Having checked a few muffins, the strawberries are dispersed evenly throughout. Since previously having difficulty including fresh strawberries into a bake, I didn’t want to weigh the batter down with their water content. That said, extra chopped, dried strawberries could be added to the top, with the flaked almonds, prior to baking.

Recipe: Makes 12 Double Strawberry Almond Muffins

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – for all extracts I use Nielsen-Massey

1/2tsp Almond Extract

4 Large Free Range Eggs

1/4tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

100g/4oz Ground Almonds

150g/5oz Plain White Flour

1.5tsp Baking Powder

100g/4oz Fresh Strawberries hulled and diced

50g/2oz Dried or Baked Strawberries roughly chopped – I use Urban Fruit

50g/2oz Flaked Almonds

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Note: Tulip wrappers must be used in a deep muffin, or cupcake tin. When using regular cupcake cases, fill two thirds full and expect to make 18 muffins from this recipe. The length of time baking will also need to be adjusted, please see guidelines in the method.

  • Line a deep muffin tin with 12 tulip wrappers.
  • Whisk together the butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl, until pale and creamy.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extract and the chopped fresh strawberries to the bowl. Whisk together.
  • Next add the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and chopped dried strawberries. Tossing the strawberries in the flour will help stop them from sinking to the bottom of the muffin.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together so that they are fully combined. Over mixing will cause the muffins to become tough.
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Making the muffin batter.
  • Using a large, 5cm/2″ ice cream scoop, add one scoop of batter to each tulip case. Divide any remaining batte evenly between the 12 cases.
  • Sprinkle some flaked almonds on top of each unbaked muffin. Again dividing the almond flakes, so each muffin has an equal amount.
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Adding flaked almonds to the top of each muffin before baking.
  • Place the muffin tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • The muffins are baked when they turn golden brown and are firm to a light touch. Over cooked muffins will be dry so start checking at 35 minutes.
  • Note: if baking using smaller cases, the baking time will need to be reduced.
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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins baked fresh from the oven.
  • When using tulip cases leave the muffins to cool completely in the tin. For muffin/cupcake cases, leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer to a cooling rack.
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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins topped with flaked almonds.

Double Strawberry Almond Muffins are best served slightly warm, or cold. Also a cup of tea, or fresh fruit juice served alongside is a great idea.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins perfectly portable.

Muffins are great for breakfast, packed lunches and beating late afternoon hunger pangs.

Muffins containing fresh fruit are best eaten within 3 days of making. Store in an airtight container, placed in the fridge during hot weather.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Double Strawberry Almond Muffins you may also like these:

Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars

Cheese Bacon Breakfast Muffins

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Cheese Bacon Breakfast Muffins

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Taking under ten minutes to make, muffins really are a delicious breakfast treat. Knowing that, whilst at school, college or work, my family has good, wholesome food is important to me.

Dried strawberries are widely available from supermarkets, including Ocado, Waitrose and Amazon U.K.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream

Strawberry Rose Ice Cream, sumptuous strawberry and light floral flavours combine in this silky, elegant dessert.

Strawberries are simply THE taste of Summer. Most people would wholeheartedly agree. While usually eaten with a sprinkle of sugar and splash of cream, this Strawberry Rose Ice Cream dares to be unique. In a good way. Strawberry ice cream is already perfect on the tastebuds. Yet, add a drop of Rose extract and one is transformed into a bygone era, where life seemed easier, simpler. Whether that is true you can decide. Yet, whatever you do, don’t let this Summer pass without tasting the elegant bliss of this beautiful ice cream.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream served in a tea cup.

Since all pips are removed during the making of this dreamy dessert, it’s silky texture lingers on the tongue. While both fresh strawberry and rose flavours meld together, playing tricks on our tastebuds. This truly is a dream ice cream where the finished recipe is so much more than the addition of its component parts. Do not let sieving the strawberries put you off. This small step is vital in achieving the final texture and takes no longer that a couple of minutes.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream exceptionally easy to scoop.

Summing up, this ice cream seems the epitome of summer. Fresh strawberries and rose. Summer is the season when roses are celebrated at their best. Indeed all roses included in the pictures for this post, are from our own garden. While I haven’t gone as far as to make my own Rose Extract, that can safely be left in the hands of¬†Nielsen-Massey , the professionals. Instead the roses in the photos hint at ¬†their presence within the ice cream.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream delicious in a cone.

Note: Prior to starting this recipe ensure that the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker is placed in the freezer overnight for at least 8 hours. Or as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Recipe: Strawberry Rose Ice Cream makes approx. 1L

400g Punnet of Strawberries hulled and larger ones cut in half

3tbsp Sugar

4tbsp Tap Water

Scant 1/4tsp Rose Extract- I use Nielsen-Massey

20-30mls Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

1tsp Cornflour – I use Doves Farm

5tbsp Caster Sugar

300mls Double Cream

300mls Whole Milk

1tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

For full step by step instructions with photos on how to make the custard ice cream base, please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Start by placing the prepared strawberries into a heavy bottom, medium sized saucepan. Sprinkle over 3 tablespoons of sugar and 4 tablespoons of tap water.
  • Place the pan over a medium heat and cook the strawberries until the liquid starts bubbling.
  • Swirl the pan to ensure that the sugar is dissolved and then let the strawberries cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • While the strawberries are cooking place a sieve over a heatproof bowl.
  • Once cooked pour the strawberries and liquid on to the sieve.
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Cooking and sieving the strawberries.
  • Using the back of a dessert spoon gently press the strawberries into the sieve. Their juices and flesh will pass through the sieve. Keep running the back of the spoon over the pulp until all that’s left are seeds and the remaining strawberry fibres.
  • Scrape the underneath of the sieve with a clean spoon. This will ensure all of the strawberry that’s passed through the sieve goes into the bowl underneath.
  • Discard the seeds and pulp left in the sieve.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and chill.
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Preparing the ice cream base prior to churning.
  • To make the ice cream base, first place the cream and milk into a heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Heat to scalding point, where little bubbles form around the rim prior to boiling.
  • While the cream mix is heating place the egg yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla extract into a large heatproof bowl. Whisk together until thickened.
  • As soon as the milk and cream have reached scalding point remove from the heat.
  • With the whisk on slow gently pour the hot liquid into the egg mix, increasing the whisk speed to medium.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the custard is thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Once cooked pour the custard through a sieve into a heatproof bowl.
  • Place cling film directly on to the custard to stop a skin from forming.
  • Leave the custard to cool before placing in the fridge to chill.
  • Once the strawberry juice has cooled add the Rose extract. Take care not to add more than the recipe indicates, as the finished result will taste soapy. Also add the juice of a small lemon 20-30mls and stir.
  • As soon as the custard base is chilled, remove the cling film and add the strawberry mix, then stir.
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Churning and storing the Strawberry Rose Ice Cream
  • Set up the ice cream maker as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • With the machine switched on pour in the flavoured custard base and churn until softly frozen. Similar in consistency to whipped ice cream in a cone.
  • When the right consistency has been reached switch off the ice cream maker, dismantle, then the ice cream can be removed.
  • Spoon the churned ice cream into a freezer proof container with an airtight lid. I used a clean loaf tin to store the ice cream. This was purely for the photos, having seen similar images on Pinterest! The tin was then double wrapped in freezer proof cling film.
  • Place the container into the freezer and leave overnight, or for at least 12 hours, to allow the ice cream to fully freeze.
  • To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-20 minutes prior. As there are no artificial, only natural selection ingredients, this allows the ice cream to soften, so that it can be easily scooped.
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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream easy to scoop.
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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream served as dessert in a tea cup.

Serve in tea cups for dessert or afternoon tea. Likewise, scoop into cones for a delicious fun treat. Also, by using a certified gluten free cornflour, the ice cream is naturally gluten free.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Strawberry Rose Ice Cream you may also like these:

Amaretto Creamy Ice Cream

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Amaretto Creamy Ice Cream

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

Triple Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Creating ice cream at home is a fun and rewarding experience. Combining flavours, changing textures, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. By controlling the use of certain ingredients, homemade ice cream can easily be made gluten free. Personally, I would not be without an ice cream maker now, having made countless different flavours.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun!

Sammie xx

Please note that no part of this post may be reproduced or replicated without the specific, written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

Note: The Ice Cream Maker used is from Andrew James it is now over one year since I received it and is as good as the day it was first used.

 

 

 

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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread

Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread, quick and easy to make, perfect for sharing.

This post hardly needs any words. Simply look at the photos? Fresh ciabatta bread baked with the ultimate topping. Three different cheeses melted together, with kalamata olives and fresh basil. Resulting in crisp, crusty bread with the most flavourful, salty, fresh herb spiked, cheesy covering, Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread.

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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread gooey and inviting.

Since combining Philadelphia cream cheese, mozzarella and sharp cheddar gives this topping a great combination of melting gooeyness and great cheese flavour. Also adding the meaty kalamata olives and fresh basil provides an overall herby saltiness that goes well with cocktails, especially a Martini. While the topping is overly generous, it could be split to cover two open Ciabattas. Sliced thinly, or cut into squares, these would make elegant, pre dinner canapés.

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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread irresistible!
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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread look at the melted cheese.

Recipe: Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread

1 x Regular size Ciabatta Bread – split open

200g/7oz Mozzarella

75g/3oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese – I find own brands too watery for this recipe

75g/3oz Grated Sharp/Mature Cheddar – I use Wyke Mature Cheddar

50g/2oz Kalamata Olives – I use olives with the stones in

1tbsp chopped fresh basil

1/4 – 1/2tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper – to taste

Method: Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7

  • First of all place a medium sized bowl on to some digital scales. This will make adding ingredients much easier.
  • Spoon the Philadelphia cream cheese into the bowl and break up the drained mozzarella cheese, adding it to the cream cheese.
  • Next add the grated mature cheddar to the bowl.
  • Remove the stones from the olives. Press each olive with the flat side of the knife. Easily remove the stone using your fingers from the squashed olive.
  • Chop the olives roughly, adding to the bowl until the correct weight is achieved.
  • Now chop the fresh basil fairly roughly and add to the bowl.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
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Preparing the cheese, olive and fresh basil topping.
  • Use a fork to mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Cut the Ciabatta bread in half lengthways and place on to a baking tray.
  • Divide the cheese mixture in half and cover each half of the ciabatta.
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Preparing the ciabatta for baking.
  • Place the ciabatta into the top of the preheated oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. The bread is baked when it is golden and crusty and the cheese is meltingly bubbly on top.
  • While the ciabatta is baking pour yourself a long, cool glass of your favourite drink!
  • Once baked remove the ciabatta from the oven. Also scoop any melted cheese that has escaped from the bread back on top.
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Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread fresh from the oven.
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Crunchy and oozing with cheese.

To serve, place on to a wooden board and slice the ciabatta across, dividing each half into 5 or 6 pieces. Pass around to delighted guests.

The topping can be made one day ahead and kept in a sealed container in the fridge. Once baked this bread should be consumed on the day it is eaten.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Baked Cheese Olive Ciabatta Bread you may also enjoy these:

Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts

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Mini Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Tarts

Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones

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Cheddar Sun Dried Tomato Scones

Bath Soft Cheese Chilli Tarts

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Bath Soft Cheese Chilli Tarts

Quick, easy recipes, or in some cases assemblies are an absolute wonder to have in our repertoire. Whether we are rushed off our feet with the busyness of life, or the opposite, too hot or tired to contemplate ‘cooking’, we all need a stash of no fail, easy recipes. As soon as they are assembled and baked, we can breath a collective sigh of relief, take a deep breath and enjoy our time together.

Whatever you are making, baking or even assembling in your kitchens, remember to have fun. Food tastes better when shared and the hostess is relaxed!

Sammie xx

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones

Almond Topped Cherry Scones plus a review of Andrew James Stainless Steel Set of 5 Bowls with Airtight Lids.

Summer is truly here. Sunshine, Wimbledon, Strawberries and Scones. Well except for today, as it is raining, a welcome relief for the garden. Today I bring you not strawberries, but another seasonal summer treat, cherries. Stunning, deep ruby red jewels, that hang like earrings from the tree. Preserved as glacé cherries meaning these Almond Topped Cherry Scones can be made any time of the year.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones a classic flavour pairing.

Combining the flavours of cherry and almond in these scones is game changing. Add clotted cream and dark cherry preserve and you have yourself a delicious scone that is bursting with flavour. Honestly, I wish that I had made these scones a very long time ago, such is the pleasure obtained from the experience of eating one.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones extra special during cherry season.

Having been sent a nest of Stainless Steel Bowls with Airtight Lids by Andrew James, I decided to see how much damage I could do to them. Seriously, when reviewing new products they need to be put through a tough regime. As mentioned before, new or replacement equipment has to earn a place in my kitchen. Since honest reviews are the only ones you will ever read on this blog, your trust is never taken for granted.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones perfect for Afternoon Tea

Since first making shortcrust pastry in the 3500ml, the second largest bowl, then proceeding to make the scone dough in the same bowl. Again using a pastry cutter to cut the fats into the flour. I knew if anything could mess up these bowls, the pastry cutter would give them a hard time. Yet, following a full cycle in the dishwasher, the bowl came out virtually untouched.

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Tested bowl on top, nest of bowls bottom.

The result of really attacking this bowl with a pastry cutter, a few scratches. In all fairness I was very heavy handed when making the pastry and scones. What I absolutely love about these bowls is the non slip base. Whether whisking up Yorkshire Puddings, Ice Cream, or pouring homemade Tomato Sauce into them, these bowls do not shift on the worktop. Each bowl comes with airtight fitted lids, with the largest bowl having a lid with a removable centre. Perfect for splash control when whisking liquids see Lime Ripple Luxury Ice Cream. Finally, the only minor downside to these bowls is that they cannot be used in the microwave. A small price to pay for the robust Stainless Steel bowl with non slip base and airtight lid.

These bowls come as a nest of 5 in the following sizes:

  • 4500ml capacity – 26cm diameter
  • 3000ml capacity – 24cm diameter
  • 2500ml capacity – 22cm diameter
  • 2000ml capacity – 20cm diameter
  • 1000ml capacity – 18cm diameter

 

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A whole variety of uses in the kitchen.
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Some of the recipes made using the stainless steel bowls.

Even though these bowls cannot be used in the microwave, they are so versatile and robust, not forgetting to mention space saving. Since all of the bowls stack conveniently inside each other. They receive a firm 5 out of 5 from me. These bowls are a welcome addition to my busy kitchen. If you are quick and order before the end of July, use SAMMIE10 code for a super 10% discount.

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Almond Topped Cherry Scones

Time to make the scones!

Recipe: Almond Topped Cherry Scones makes 10

450g/1lb Plain White Flour

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

40g/1.75oz Caster Sugar

3tsp Baking Powder

75g/3oz Cold Unsalted Butter cut into cubes

25g/1oz Cold Vegetable Fat – Trex

75g/3oz Natural Glacé Cherries cut into halves

250mls Whole Milk plus a little extra to brush the tops of the scones before baking

2tsp Almond Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

2-3tbsp Flaked Almonds

Method: Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7

  • Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder, then add both of the fats.
  • Using the tips of your fingers, or a pastry cutter, work the fats into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs with some larger, pea sized pieces of fat visible.
  • Next add the salt and sugar. Mix together using a balloon whisk.
  • Now add half of the glac√© cherries. Toss them about in the mixture, this prevents them sticking together. Add the other half and do the same.
  • Make a well in the centre of the mix, pour in the milk and almond extract.
  • Use a butter knife to gently stir the milk into the flour mix. As the dough starts to come together switch to using your hand. Gently bringing the mix to a coherent dough.
  • Tip the dough on to a floured surface and gently knead to form a 5cm/2″ thick disc.
  • Using a well floured 5cm/2″ round cutter, cut out the scones, remembering to press straight down without twisting the cutter. Twisting can cause odd shaped or lopsided scones as they bake. Place each scone on to the lined baking tray.
  • Bring all the bits of scone dough together once the scones are cut, knead lightly and continue to cut out the remaining scones. Repeat the last step until all of the dough is used.
  • Once all of the scones have been cut out brush the tops with milk and sprinkle over flaked almonds.
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Making the Almond Topped Cherry Scones
  • Place the baking tray into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
  • The Almond Topped Cherry Scones are baked when they are risen, golden brown and sound hollow when rapped on the base with a knuckle.
  • Once baked remove the scones from the oven and place immediately on to a cooling rack to cool.
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Baked Almond Topped Cherry Scones cooling on a rack.
  • When the scones are cooled, or slightly warm then they are ready to be served.
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Serve the Almond Topped Cherry Scones on a platter.

I like to serve the scones on a large platter with ramekins of clotted cream and cherry preserve. Adding fresh cherries when they are in season, finishes the platter beautifully.

Serve with a large pot of tea and the best china you own!

All scones are at their best on the day they are made. If you wish to make ahead, you can do so by one day. Make the scones, cool completely and store in an airtight container, such as the large stainless steel bowls. The next day 20 minutes prior to serving, warm in a preheated oven, at baking temperature for 5-10 minutes. Cool slightly and serve. Rather like bread, the reheating simply refreshes the scones and they taste freshly baked.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Almond Topped Cherry Scones you may also like these:

Fruit Filled Butter Scones

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Fruit Filled Butter Scones

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Super Light Scones

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Super Light Scones

Homemade scones are a world away from their shop bought counterparts. In fact I never even liked scones before I made them myself. Essential to any Afternoon Tea they are simply the easiest treat to quickly make should visitors unexpectedly arrive. Making the scone dough in the Stainless Steel bowl made the process even easier. Especially with the non slip base and dishwasher safe factors.

If you make these Almond Topped Cherry Scones please let me know? I love and really appreciate reading the comments that you take time to leave. Pop a picture on Twitter or Instagram and tag me in. I’ll be sure to give you a shoutout from @sammiefeasting.

Do take a look at this nest of bowls and don’t forget your 10% discount code SAMMIE10, only available against these bowls from Andrew James. I highly recommend them for camping, caravaning or even taking on holiday as they are super lightweight.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in you kitchens or indeed caravans, have fun creating your feast.

I regularly bake on holiday. Do you?

Sammie xx

Andrew James provided me with the nest of 5 stainless steel bowls with matching airtight lids for the purpose of review. All comments and opinions are my own and are a complete reflection of my experience in using them. I was not paid to write this post and the discount is curtesy of Andrew James. No part of this post may be reproduced in any way without my prior permission. Please see my Disclosure Policy for further details.

 

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